OCC Lip Tar Trio Set – Neutrals Review

OCC Lip Tar Neutrals
From right to left: Hush, Memento, and Clockwork.

I will forever think of this OCC Lip Tar Trio set–a Sephora-exclusive set–as the gateway to my OCC Lip Tar obsession. Be forewarned; this is going to be a long review!

Before I start gushing about my love for Lip Tars, let’s backtrack a moment to the beginning. First of all, OCC stands for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Lip Tars are, I believe, the product that they are best known for, and, essentially, they are a liquid lipstick. They go on slick and moist, but dry down to a satin or matte finish. They come in just about every color of the rainbow, including some wacky looking primary colors (blue, orange) and shades (pure white, black), which are meant to be used as mixing mediums to change the tone of other colors. (Though you certainly could rock bright blue lips straight out of the tube too, if that’s your thing. OCC don’t judge.) Since they are basically just a mixture of oils and pigment, they do tend to separate. I haven’t had a problem with fixing that; shaking and gently manipulating the tube has remixed them every time.  They are vegan, free of cruelty, and gluten-free. They do contain peppermint oil for preservative purposes, so if you are sensitive to that oil or its scent, keep that in mind.

Okay; so that’s a basic run down of what Lip Tars are. Hopefully you’re still with me. Onto the review of this particular set and my opinion of Lip Tars in general!

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

naked 3 box

“It’s finally here: the long-awaited follow-up to Naked and Naked 2 (two of the industry’s all-time bestselling palettes)! And this time around, we’re giving you a dozen NEW ways to get Naked. (Yes, we loaded this palette with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades.)”

Boy, did those words set my heart aflutter–almost as much as opening that box when it arrived on my porch!

I don’t think I need to go into too much detail on what Naked 3 is; Urban Decay did a fine job breaking it down in the blurb above. There has been so much hype for this item that I was not at all surprised when it sold out in (roughly) 8 hours on its launch-day last week. Urban Decay is known for its great eyeshadows (only second to MAC, in my mind, and even then sometimes giving the kingpin a run for its money), and their Naked palettes are hard to beat in pigmentation, value and sheer awesomeness.  Urban Decay goes on to describe what’s new about the shadows in this palette, saying:

“Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.”

Oh; Naked, you had me at ultra-smooth…

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